Solved 4 Linux security questions for a business computer

January 24, 2020 at 23:14:01
Specs: Linux Distros
Hi, a few rather important questions.

1. Just wanted to know what your opinions were on Elementary OS and if being based on Ubuntu means that it truly gets all updates in the same sequence as Ubuntu? I see it’s a pretty strict set up being that it even questions Firefox security in it’s app store as Elementary has it’s own browser by the same company. Do you trust them? The only reason I like it is because it has hardly any installed apps which is all I want but don’t know whether to this distro or company. Do you recommend them for business computers?


2. I have seen that malware is quite active with Linux online but Linux servers are the main target, mainly websites. Is it true that 95% of viruses and malware can’t run on Linux or no? I get mixed answers and don’t know what to believe. The KillDisk ransomware situation had a big impact on Linux based on some videos I’ve seen. This makes me question things
https://thehackernews.com/2017/01/l...
People do question if malware could ever get past the password protection as a user. This is the blog that containing everything
https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewto...


3. Being that antivirus is very complicated to install when not supplied by the app store, the Eset antivirus involves changing parts of the system since it’s manual. I would have to disable SELinux to install it as I get a SELinux not supported message when trying. Other distros have different problems installing this antivirus and I want to know if it’s much more of a threat to disable these security or system features as the administrator to install antivirus. I know it’s technically not needed or could open a door to use an antivirus, I would just prefer to remove malware immediately.


4. Strangely enough I get a real glitch if the system goes to sleep on Elementary OS. When I turn it back on I’ve had a screen full of coloured noise or static instead of the login screen, then I reset the computer and it starts normal. Can’t figure that out. I also get the computer freezing if a CD is in one of my drives, don’t have this issue on Windows but on all distros I’ve tried.

Anyway, I am new to this so that’s why I am looking into so many things, thanks for any advice you are interested in giving

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January 25, 2020 at 07:47:31
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1. Although I've been using Linux for well over 10 years, ElementaryOS is not one that ever interested me (too Mac-like). I don't like the layout or the Gnome desktop environment. The web browser is Gnome Web (called Epiphany until 2012) & is the default browser for other distros as well.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNOME...

2. The sites you posted are 3 years old. It's generally not necessary or recommended to run anti-virus with Linux, except for Linux servers. The chance of infection as a user is extremely low. One of the reasons is that you have to grant permission by entering a password. The other is that Linux has such a small percentage of the desktop market share (less than 1%) that it's not worth it for the hackers to devote their time & efforts into developing malware for it.
https://gs.statcounter.com/os-marke...
https://www.lifewire.com/why-linux-...
There are also claims that anti-virus can make Linux more vulnerable to infections.
https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogsp...
All I can tell you is that I've never run AV on my Linux installations, I'm not careful about the sites I visit, & I have never contracted any form of infection in 10 years. Over that same period, my Windows systems have been infected several times, regardless of the AV software I've tried. I've always been able to remove the infections without having to resort to a reinstall, but not without considerable effort.

3. See #2.

4. Sleep is a Windows term. Linux uses hibernate or suspend. Suspend is basically the same as Sleep.
https://www.fosslinux.com/184/what-...
I've never encountered problems using either one, but I've also never used Elementary OS & don't use the Gnome DE (I prefer the Xfce DE for its simplicity & speed). If you do a Google search, you'll find a lot of people are having problems with both suspend & hibernate. Does your screen look like this:
https://elementaryos.stackexchange....


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January 28, 2020 at 03:39:19
Hit the nail right on the head, that’s the Elementary issue I’m seeing. Lol
Well I’m happy to see it isn’t my computer but am obviously not impressed with that distro then. Why don’t they just fix it if it got so popular! I prefer Xfce as well. Thanks for all the answers. I’ve read all the helpful links and will read them fully again! Seeing the visual examples truly help the thought on that and I didn’t realize Linux was that little used for 2019!

5.) When it comes to Linux Mint, I just want to make sure I’d be getting all important, security, system and application updates automatically without manual code. I see there’s 4 update levels. Which one do you suggest for the highest security and complete updates without the glitches? 2? What do you use?

6.) what do you think of the idea to run Kaspersky Rescue Disk at boot every now and then? Do you think that would detect any possible malware over time and be able to remove any issues? Ive read it’s designed for more than Windows but could be wrong. I’m hoping it could detect Linux based malware. I will be constantly doing banking so It’d be great to have some kind of check up now and then without adding openings for viruses in the system itself.

7.) Do you feel Firefox on it’s own is good enough for banking or would I truly need some kind of VPN? I prefer to have the least amount of companies/servers involved with my data so that’s why I usually just stick with the browser but I know it’s not the best idea.

8.) One last question, from your experience since Linux Mint is supported until 2023, does their new system version that replaces the old automatically install with loads of apps included or does their new version keep your set up when it replaces the old and not add any new apps automatically?

Thanks a ton and I won’t throw any more at you!
You’re a big help in deciding

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